A Diet That's All About Brain Food

The Mediterranean diet has long been touted for its ability to help fight disease, including age-related disease, and maintain good health. It's called Mediterranean precisely because it stems from that region of the world where the foods that comprise this diet are prevalent.

Nuts, olives, fish--foods high in good fats are central to this diet and aid in longevity, immunity and brain health. It makes sense with all of the different types of diets that are written about, there would also be one that specifically targets this Mediterranean diet.

The 'MIND' diet was developed by nutritional epidemiologist, Martha Clare Morris, at Rush University Medical Center though a study funded by the National Institute on Aging. According to Live Science, "Her goal was to lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease by promoting a diet consisting of brain-healthy foods." 

MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, where DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. DASH is aimed at reducing hypertension from high sodium diets and reducing blood pressure.

The MIND diet is based on foods that support strong neurological health, like those mentioned above, including poultry, grains, wine, beans, berries and green leafy vegetables, but all within moderation. Poultry, for instance, only twice a week, a salad every day and nuts every day. The diet suggests eating less sugar, butter, red meat, fried and fast foods and cheese.

The Blue Zones across the world are communities, like the Mediterranean, that have historically eaten this style of diet and have been shown to have higher life expectancies. A focus on brain food comes at a time when life expectancy in the U.S. has decreased for the first time in 20 years, where Alzheimer's is sixth on the list of leading causes of death and is exacerbated by heart disease and diabetes.

Many brain foods can be found in the Treatmo marketplace and come from local food makers and farms from across the U.S. Almonds are a big winner when it comes to brain health and are highly prevalent in natural food and whole foods in Treatmo.

Almonds contain L-caritine and riboflavin which together stimulate brain activity and reduce degeneration. A quarter cup of almonds also provides 36% of your daily recommended value of magnesium which is also linked to better mental health.